A new walking map entitled “Kasugayama Kodo Walk Map” allows you to explore the ancient roads around Joetsu City, Niigata Prefecture. These ancient roads are closely connected with the samurai warrior Uesugi Kenshin. The map is a stamp book, and you can collect stamps of the famous places you visit on the tour.
The guide map introduces three routes centering on the Kasugayama castle ruins, Toyamine fortress ruins, and Takiji Bishamon Hall. Each route is about 4km long and there are 18 stamps to collect.
The stamp book was created by the Kanaya Kita District Rural Association, which is made up of the residents of five areas in Joetsu City including Kamishozenji, Takidera and Utsuo. The committee made the guide map to promote the remains of the ancient roads associated with Uesugi Kenshin.
Ueno Hiroshi didn’t know about the existence of the ancient roads until about eight years ago, when he became a town chairman. He then created the stamp book because “I want the whole country to know about it”. Mr. Ueno said, “I want our ancient ancestral roads to be cherished.”
The stamp book and guide map can be found at Shozenji Kobo, as well as in the post box near the meeting place in the Takidera district.
Please take in the historical atmosphere whilst enjoying the walk.